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Guide to Childress County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Childress County Courthouse
Courthouse Box 4
Childress, Texas 79201-3755
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1893, divorce and court records
from 1900, probate records from 1894 and land records
1876--Childress County was created 21 May 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Childress 
The county was named for George C. Childress, (1804-1841), lawyer, statesman, and author of the Texas Declaration of Independence, son of John Campbell and Elizabeth (Robertson) Childress, was born on January 8, 1804, at Nashville, Tennessee.
1891--Childress County Courthouse destroyed by fire on October 21, 1891. All records were lost. 
Places / Localities
Towns and Cities: Childress | Carey | Kirkland | Loco | Tell
Towns and Communities from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
- Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870(images) - FamilySearch
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
|Online Grave Transcripts||Published Grave Transcripts||County Cemetery Directories|
|See Texas Cemeteries for more information.|
Additional Cemetery Sources
- Childress County Cemeteries from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
- Childress County Cemeteries - USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
- FindAGrave - Cemeteries in Chilress County
- Childress County Cemeteries - Interment.net
- Childress County Cemeteries maps, transcriptions, information
- Childress County Census Records from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
- 1850 Census - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Childress County Court Records from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.
The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.
- Original Land Owners of Texas - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Childress County Landmarks from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
Local histories are available for Childress County, Texas. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.
- The Childress County Story, 1971
- Childress County History from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
- Childress County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
- 1926 Corral, Childress County High School - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
- Childress County Military Records from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
- Confederate Pension Index - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 - FamilySearch
- Texas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 - FamilySearch
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Childress County, Texas newspapers in online catalogs like:
- Childress County Photos from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.'
- Childress County Photographs - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Texas, Probate Records, 1800-1990 (images) - FamilySearch
- Childress County Stories from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.
Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.
Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas or How to order Texas Vital Records
A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.
Online Birth Indexes and Records
- Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935 (images and index) - FamilySearch
- Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (index)- FamilySearch
Original Birth Records on Microfilm
Online Marriage Indexes and Records
- Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ~ FamilySearch records collection
- Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973 ~ FamilySearch record collection
- Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 ~ FamilySearch record collection
Original Marriage Records on Microfilm
Online Death Indexes and Records
- Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903
- Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000 (index) - FamilySearch
- Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
- Childress County Vital Records from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.
Original Death Records on Microfilm
Societies and Libraries
- Childress County Heritage Museum
210 3rd Street, N.W.
Childress, TX 79201
- Childress Public Library
117 Avenue B, NE
Childress, Texas 79201
Family History Centers
|Centers provide: • Personal one-on-one assistance • Access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program • Free how-to classes (varies by location). See Family History Centers for more information.|
- TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- USGenWeb Archives Project - transcriptions and photographs
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Childress County, Texas. Page 660 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ GenDisasters.com - Childress, TX Courthouse Fire, Oct 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7340/childress-tx-childress-county-courthouse-fire-oct-1891
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